Recommended Reading

During my development, I have read many books to help in the learning process. Here I will discuss some of the ones I have had most value from. I will aim to provide a quick summary, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each and provide a link to Amazon should you wish to buy a copy for yourself.

I hope over time that this will become a very valuable resource and plan to add all the books I read which I feel have helped my development, not just the medical ones.

Medical Books

Clinical Examination Skills (Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses) - Phil Jevon

This is a guide aimed at nurses, written by Phil Jevon, a nurse consultant in Walsall. It covers all the major systems:

  • History Taking
  • Cardiovascular
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Neurological
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Assessment of the critically ill patient

It is a pocket sized book, and because it is aimed at nurses, does not go into as much physiological and anatomical depth as some of the more medically based books tend to. Consequently it is smaller and as a result one of the cheaper options. Dont let its price fool you though. As a basic starter and one you might want to carry around with you I can highly recommend this one to you.

Macleod's Clinical Examination- Douglas

This is one of the heavier medical tomes I recommend. this is written by doctors and is essentially aimed at doctors. However, if you feel you need more depth, and don't mind the price then this is the book for you. The examination of the systems are well described and the illustrations are colourful and clear.

There is also a DVD provided which give you video examples of all the examinations described, which are voiced over well and help to bring the examination alive.

This is the one I recommend if you want to know clinical examination in great depth, or need to dip in and out of to improve your understanding once you have got to grips with the basics.

Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis, 6e- Talley and O'Connor

Another heavier, medical oriented book. This is a book written by Australian doctors and is as good as Macleods. It is probably the balance between Jevon above and Macleods.

Again the illustrations are excellent and the chapters laid out in a logical way relating the examinations to some of the pathology which may be encountered.

Once more there is a DVD with the examinations being acted out in an OSCE type situation. I would not like to say whether I would buy this or Macleods as they both have their merits, but I can say you wont be putting either of them in your pocket!

The Unofficial Guide to Radiology: Chest, Abdominal and Orthopaedic X Rays, Plus CTs, MRIs and Other Important Modalities: Core Radiology Curriculum. ... (Unofficial Guides to Medicine)

I love this book. It has a simple format which means that you are given an X ray image which is then interpreted for you on the next page. It is packed with useful information and yet still very easy to read. Honestly, if you want to know about any of these subjects I cannot recommend this book highly enough!


The ECG In Practice, 6e

150 Ecg Problems International Edition

All of the above are by John Hampton and if you are prepared to invest a little time and effort in working through these books in a logical order, you will surely reap the rewards. The ECG is broken down into its component parts and then the abnormalities explained with many, many good examples for you to have a go at. The example cases are presented so that you can try to interpret them first and then you can turn the page to see how right (or wrong!) you were.

I can genuinely say i enjoyed looking at ECG's for the first time when I worked through these books.

Other Books

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds- I have the desire to tell everyone of my passion for the Advanced Nurse role in emergency and critical care and my firm belief that there are many potential great nurses out there who are capable of attaining wonderful things. This easy to read book gives some of the tools needed to ensure that any presentation you give, with the right preparation, will help to inspire others.

Blink- A fascinating book about how we should sometimes trust our gut feeling rather than over thinking things. This book is a great read and one I could not put down.

Drive- Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose is what motivates those people who will go far in your organisation. Its certainly what drives me in mine and the fabulous team I work with. Lots of valuable information with some great ideas at the end to help you put the points into practice.